NFL Nation: Trent Edwwards

Reviewing the Raiders' opener

August, 12, 2011
8/12/11
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Let’s review some key aspects from the Oakland Raiders’ 24-18 loss to visiting Arizona as they joined San Diego and Denver as last-moment AFC West losers on the opening night of the NFL preseason. Arizona scored a 28-yard pass with 39 seconds remaining.
  • There’s no doubt the Raiders wanted to see rookie Denarius Moore in game action. The fifth-round pick has been a star of training camp and Oakland unleashed the receiver from Tennessee. He played in the first half and he returned both a kickoff and a punt. Moore was targeted six times as a receiver and had a team-high three catches for 41 yards. It’s clear Oakland is not worried about slowly bringing this kid along. I bet we see a lot more of him early in the next couple of preseason games.
  • Fellow rookie, tight end David Ausberry, had one catch, but he made it count. The seventh-round pick who has converted from receiver to tight end had an 18-yard touchdown catch from Trent Edwards as they played with the third string. Ausberry, like Moore, has been impressive in the camp.
  • The Raiders’ backup quarterbacks, Kyle Boller and Edwards, both got long looks and they both looked good. Edwards, who led the Raiders on a few second-half scoring drives, completed 9 of 18 passes for 124 yards. Kyle Boller, who was the No. 2 quarterback, was 8-of-9 for 56 yards. This will be an interesting race for the No. 2 job. Oakland starter Jason Campbell was efficient as he completed 6 of 10 passes for 65 yards.
  • Oakland’s pass defense was picked on some in the first half. Arizona starting quarterback Kevin Kolb and backup John Skelton combined to complete 10 of 17 passes for 164 yards and one touchdown. The Raiders are adjusting to life without star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who is now an Eagle. The Raiders' second-half secondary was not overly strong, either. Four Arizona quarterbacks combined to toss for 300 yards and three touchdowns. The secondary will be a point of emphasis for Oakland all preseason.
  • It’s all about Seabass. Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski was in midseason form as he converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including a 57-yard whopper in the fourth quarter to give the Raiders the lead. Janikowski converted 33 field goals last year. I’m sure Oakland coach Hue Jackson would like to see the Raiders reach the end zone more. Two of Janikowski’s field goals were very short.
  • The Oakland offensive line had its ups and downs. The Raiders averaged just 3.3 yards rushing, but Arizona had just two sacks.

Salutations from Ralph Wilson Stadium

September, 12, 2010
9/12/10
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Clouds are covering Ralph Wilson Stadium and a light, steady rain is falling a couple hours before the Buffalo Bills will kick off the season against the Miami Dolphins.

But it's opening day, which, by definition, is a beautiful day.

A few notes:
  • Bills safety George Wilson and Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, NFL Players Association team representatives, spoke Saturday about reprising the union solidarity salute staged before Thursday night's game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints in the Superdome. Wilson and Williams were to meet again before the game to make a final determination of whether they would follow through.
  • Haven't seen the official inactive list for either team, but Dolphins inside linebacker Channing Crowder is out. He didn't make the trip because of a groin injury.
  • Before the game, Bills running back Fred Jackson made a jersey presentation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to commemorate his record-breaking 2009 season. Jackson led the NFL in all-purpose yards with 2,516, fourth in league history.
  • Interesting note in the Bills' pregame media packet: When quarterback Trent Edwards has a passer rating of 80 or higher (with a minimum 20 pass attempts), the Bills are 11-2.

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